Glendale Community Baseball Magic Discussion


Read chapter 3 in the Beliefs textbook on Theoretical Approaches to Toward the Study of ReligionLinks to an external site. (Zunner-Keating et al. 2021).
Review the audio lectures provided in this week’s module.
View the film clips provided in this week’s module.

Read the article Baseball Magic Download Baseball Magicby George Gmelch.

Prompts ? Getting the Discussion Started
If you are the first person to post in your group, then you should start the discussion using my prompts below:
Describe at least three of the rituals the baseball players mentioned in this article. What is the purpose of these rituals?  Do these remind you of any rituals in your daily life?
Describe at least three of the taboos mentioned in this article. 
Describe at least three of the fetishes mentioned in this article.
Describe how the rituals, taboos, and fetishes described in this article are similar to those practiced by the Trobriand Islanders (studied by Malinowski).
Summarize B.F. Skinner’s explanation for the origins of ritual behavior.

??Please remember: it is your responsibility to demonstrate a sincere knowledge of the reading. Please reply with complete and thoughtful answers that prove – beyond any doubt – that you took the time to complete this important reading.
Academic Integrity 

The ideas in your response must be your own. Do not take ideas verbatim from any “study” or plagiarism websites. 
You’re always encouraged to tie in elements from other readings or lessons. If you incorporate ideas from our lectures or other readings, please remember to properly cite the source in-text. If you need help with citations, please refer to Purdue Online Writing LabLinks to an external site..
Initial Post ? Hook Format Discussions ? Please read carefully
You will complete this discussion in a “hook format.”  This means that you only need to post one time and you need to reply to the student who posted before you.  Please end your response with a question that the next student can hook on to.
If you are the first student to post in the forum, then you should  get the discussion started by using one or several of my prompts provided above.  Please don’t forget to add in a new hook question at the end of your post to allow the next student in your group to continue the discussion in a productive direction.
If you are NOT the first student to post in the forum, then you should be responding to the hook question from your peer (whoever posted directly before you in the discussion forum that week).
Please re-state the “hook question” from your peer at the beginning of your post and/or the prompt(s) that you are responding to at the beginning of your post.
You are welcome to take any stance that you would like in this discussion – all you have to do is be able to back up your argument.  It’s okay if the conversation naturally moves away from the initial discussion.  As long as the subject matter remains anthropological, you can take the conversation wherever you would like it to go. 
Please directly cite lectures, textbook, article and approved film clips (those found in the direction and/or that week’s module) in your response in order to support your argument.  Remember to think critically!  Examine the the evidence presented, consider the speaker, consider the arguments coming from your professor and classmates and, ultimately, decide for yourself!
? Video Option: Consider filming your response! 
Instead of writing your reply, please consider filming your response
Read this media submission support pageLinks to an external site. for help
Please make sure that your responses are organized into complete sentences.  I recommend that you devote at least one full paragraph to answering each discussion prompt.
It may be helpful to think of the discussion posts as a mini research paper based upon the material provided in the module that week (reading, audio lectures, films, film clips, etc.)
Your final post should be at least 300 words. 
You should exercise college-level writing skills with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. 

You should include reference to at least three academic resources throughout your initial post. 
I highly recommend that you first type out your response in a Microsoft Word document and run a spell and grammar check prior to submitting your final post.
Academic Sources and Citations:
Approved academic sources include:

The Beliefs textbook by Amanda Zunner-Keating.
Audio lectures provided in the weekly modules.
Academic Journal articles (found in the weekly module or in the library data bases)
Approved films and film clips (found in this week’s module)
Please note that Wikipedia and other internet sources are NOT approved academic sources.  You should include properly formatted in text citations whenever referencing a source. 
The Owl Purdue site is a very useful site when learning to properly cite your sources.    

Here is the link to the Owl Purdue Website for APA format: (Links to an external site.)
Examples of In-Text Citations:
To cite a textbook, article or PowerPoint slide, please include the last name of the author or authors followed by the year of publication, for example, it would look something like this (Miller 2018) or (Smith and Taylor 2014).  These are just examples.

If there are more than three authors for a textbook or article, then you may cite the first author followed by et al. and then the year of publication.  For example, it would look something like this Zunner-Keating et al. 2021.
To cite a film or film clip, please include the last name of the director or directors followed by the year of publication.  The director will be listed in the credits at the end of the film or film clip.  If a director is not listed, then you may cite the publisher followed by the year of publication.  For example it would look something like this (Planet Docs 2018).

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